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Here Are The World’s Best Bars for 2020

I’ll take a G&T, please.

It’s safe to say we have all been missing the luxury of casually being able to walk into a bar on Friday night post-work and rewarding ourselves after the weekly grind. Luckily for us Melburnians, we are finally catching up to the rest of the nation and can at least start making reservations at some of our favourite spots and making up for lost time – that is, if you can get a booking.

As we are only now just being able to embrace the places our city and state has to offer (goodbye 25km limit!), it is crazy to think that The World’s 50 Best Bars have been announced for this year – especially considering how long they have been shut or under limitations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This list is annually compiled by The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy. The Academy explains this mechanism is comprised of “540 members, each selected for their expert opinion of the global bar scene. It is divided into 20 geographical regions with each region having a chairperson appointed for their knowledge of their part of the bar world”. From there, the Chairs are responsible for selecting a voting panel and voila, the best are chosen.

This year, Connaught Bar located in London’s Mayfair has secured first place. The bar’s name takes inspiration from the hotel in which is located, and is described as being infused “with a relaxed, inviting energy” according to their website. It was designed by luxury interior designer David Collins and is themed around 1920’s Cubism. The watering hole has been in the list’s top 10 for many years, but has only just overtaken New York City’s Dante to claim the winning prize.

Australians will also be excited to see Sydney’s Maybe Sammy, Cantina OK!, and Bulletin Place securing their rankings in this group. Pretty much this means we better make the most of borders opening between New Souths Wales and Victoria later this month – NSW, here we come!

Although many of these locations are far from reach, it definitely is not too early to start mentally preparing for our next trip. Here the places we wish we could be drinking Dry Martinis from and are the World’s Best Bars for 2020:

The Clumsies, Athens
  1. Connaught Bar, London
  2. Dante, New York City
  3. The Clumsies, Athens
  4. Atlas, Singapore
  5. Tayer/Elementary, London 
  6. Kwant, London 
  7. Floreria Atlantico, Buenos Aires
  8. Coa, Hong Kong 
  9. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
  10. The SG Club, Tokyo
  11. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  12. Attaboy, New York City
  13. The NoMad, New York
  14. Manhattan, Singapore
  15. The Old Man, Singapore
  16. Katana Kitten, New York City
  17. Licoreria Limantour, Mexico City
  18. Native, Singapore
  19. Paradiso, Barcelona
  20. American Bar, London
  21. Carnaval, Lima
  22. Salmon Guru, Madrid
  23. Zuma, Dubai
  24. Little Red Door, Paris
  25. 1930, Milan
  26. Two Schmucks, Barcelona
  27. El Copitas, St. Petersburg
  28. Cantina OK!, Sydney
  29. Lyaness, London
  30. Himkok, Oslo
  31. Baba au Rum, Athens
  32. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
  33. Swift, London
  34. Three Shades, London
  35. The Bamboo Bar, Bangkok
  36. Tjoget, Stockholm
  37. Buck and Breck, Berlin
  38. Employees Only, New York City
  39. Bulletin Place, Sydney
  40. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
  41. Artesian, London
  42. Sober Company, Shanghai
  43. Indulge Experimental Bistro, Taipei
  44. Bar Trigona, Kuala Lumpur
  45. Drink Kong, Rome
  46. Room by Le Keif, Taipei
  47. Alquimico, Cartagena
  48. High Five, Tokyo
  49. Charles H, Seoul
  50. Presidente, Buenos Aires

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